Introduction to the Hummingbird Robotics Kit

The Hummingbird robotics kit allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials. The Hummingbird is made by BirdBrain Technologies, a company devoted to cultivating creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products that engage students and teachers in programming and robotics. BirdBrain is also the maker of the Finch, a small robot designed to inspire and delight students learning computer science by providing them a tangible and physical representation of their code. Our products have been used by tens of thousands of students to learn poetryexplore computer programminghost robot petting zoos, create combined physical & virtual games, and much, much more! 

BirdBrain Technologies is proud to be located in Pittsburgh, also known as Roboburgh due to its fantastic assemblage of robotics companies and research. Much of that research goes on at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, where BirdBrain Technologies originated. 

The Hummingbird kit was designed at CMU's CREATE Lab, in a program called Arts & Bots. The research projects that led to the Hummingbird and its sister product, the Finch robot, used "participatory design", which means that they deeply involved both students and teachers at all stages of the design process. Although the Hummingbird and Finch have moved out of the university, we at BirdBrain Technologies remain faithful to this way of doing things. We take your input seriously, and the Hummingbird Duo controller and kits are our responses to years of feedback by students and teachers using our original Hummingbird kit. 

Our focus is on bringing robotics (and programming, engineering, and making) to as many kids as possible. We are extremely excited to see the impact Hummingbird kits are having all over the world through schools, libraries, camps, and workshops. We hope you are just as excited to put the Hummingbird in front of your students. We listen to and act on feedback, and we encourage you to get in touch if you have suggestions for further improvements, features, or documentation. Even better, drop us a line just to let us know how things are going; we especially love watching videos of empowered students showing off their robots!

Happy Inventing from the Team at BirdBrain Technologies!